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New to the Gilbert District – Pilot House Distilling


Pilot house distilling  started as a thought after tasting some moonshine. At which point we set out to produce a quality product that can actually be enjoyed .  This desire soon became a passion and took hold, and years later p.h.d was born in Astoria, Oregon. What better place to express the rugged individualism embodied in the the history of distilling then the oldest settlement west of the rockies. Tasting room located in historic downtown Astoria, OR. now in seaside @ 10B N Holladay


History of Spay and Neuter Thrift Shop

It has been approximately 50 years since a group of concerned and dedicated
people met to find a way to help families on the North Oregon Coast improve the
lives of cats and dogs.

In 1963 a group of local citizens formed the North Coast Animal Haven
Association. In 1965 the original thrift shop was started in a shed. By 1973 the
Association was registered as a non-profit organization. It included all of Clatsop
County. The goal was to build a shelter for unwanted pets.

In the early 80’s all of the organizations’s funds, except for a few dollars, were
used to build a small animal haven. Lacking support from the cities and county, it
failed within a few months. During this time a few dollars were used to help in
spaying and neutering. All the money was derived from the thrift shop.

In November of 1986, receiving no support from North Clatsop County, the by-laws
and charter were revised, changing our name to Tri Cities Spay and Neuter
Association. The goal was to assist in the spaying and neutering of animals in
Seaside, Gearhart, Cannon Beach, the county shelter, and all of School District #10.
Meanwhile the thrift shop moved to its present location at 600 Broadway #6 (on
the Necanicum River).

SHOP PAGE The Shop on the Riverwalk
We revised and adopted formal by-laws in 1993, stating our goals, being more
specific in regard to running the Association. A board of directors was elected. All
finances were derived from thrift shop sales and a few monetary donations. The
thrift shop was operated by volunteers.

The spring and summer of 2001 found us a bit cramped for space in our single
suite so we decided to expand into the space next door (part of the Sundial Travel
area which was not being used). The new section gave us more space to display
clothing while leaving the old section for housewares, bedding, books, tools, and
shoes. It gave us more work and storage space. Approximately four years later we
expanded a second time giving us the three rooms we now occupy. (This was the
other half of the Sundial Travel area which had been used by various business
during those four years.) This third section now includes children’s clothes and
toys, decorative items, and small appliances. In 2013 we moved one of the walls in
our sorting area. This gave us more room to receive donations.

In March of 2012 we decided to offer our spay and neuter certificates to all the
residents of Clatsop County. That same year we purchased a used truck for picking up and delivering donations.

In 2013 we hired a manager to help move us forward
and to alleviate some of the many responsibilities being done by the officers.
We are now connecting with people via the internet. (Currently Tri Cities Spay and
Neuter Thrift Shop is doing business as Spay and Neuter Thrift Shop of Seaside,
Oregon.) Visit our Facebook page (Spay and Neuter Thrift Shop), check out our
website at, or contact us at

The Spay and Neuter Thrift Shop continues to supply the residents of Clatsop
county with clean, affordable clothing and household items, but most especially,
certificates for the spaying and neutering of cats and dogs. (In 2013 we provided
1121 certificates for $45,245.00. In 2014 we funded 970 certificates for
$29,100.00.) We also assist the Clatsop County Animal Shelter with spaying and
neutering and provide the South County Food Bank with a small stipend for pet

We operate with an all volunteer organization with the exception of a paid
bookkeeper. In 2014 we made the decision to forgo the manager’s position and
have a manager for each day of the week. We now have a Work Force cashier who
is paid through the Work Force progam. We welcome and continue to receive
donations of all kinds, although extremely large items are often difficult to display.
Community members can continue to help by providing us with clean, usable
clothing and small household items or by volunteering in some capacity.
Our winter house are 10 – 4 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The
shop is open on Sunday’s from 11 – 3 from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Wednesdays are reserved for cleaning and sorting.
We would like to thank our many volunteers and contributors who have made the
past 50 plus years successful allowing us to spay and neuter thousands of cats
and dogs in Clatsop County.

Help us celebrate over 50 years of spaying and neutering by stopping by to
volunteer, shop, or just say hello.

Cheryle Barker
Spay and Neuter Thrift Shop of Seaside, Oregon

Cheryle Barker Spay and Neuter Thrift Shop of Seaside, Oregon

Cheryle Barker
Spay and Neuter Thrift Shop
of Seaside, Oregon

Alexandre Gilbert Founder of the Gilbert District

Alexandre Gilbert Founder of the Gilbert District


Seaside’s unique Gilbert District along Broadway was created by a very unique man, Frenchman Alexandre Gilbert, Sr., who was Mayor of Seaside from 1912-16, and helped rebuild downtown after the devastating fire of 1912.

Gilbert was born in Lucon and became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. in August of 1877, relocating from San Francisco to Astoria in 1881 where he ran a wholesale and retail liquor business. In 1889, Gilbert served as commissioner for the State of Oregon at the Paris Exhibition and was in charge of the Oregon exhibits.

According to the Clatsop County Historical Society, Gilbert moved to Seaside in the early 1890s and built a large, Queen-Anne style house that sits at 341 Beach Dr. During the next few years he would continue buying property and developing the town.

“The work he did to develop property in Seaside was much admired, considered a benefit to all, a way of showing confidence in the future of the town,” wrote Lisa Penner (Cumtux, Vol. 22, No. 3).

According to records at the Seaside Museum and Historical Society, Gilbert bought up property downtown after the fire and loaned money to several businessmen to rebuild or repair as necessary. The Gilbert Insurance Company carried much of the coverage on the destroyed buildings, and as mayor and a businessman, Gilbert saw that the town recovered and people continued to prosper.

In the June 11, 1914, Seaside Signal reported “Building operations on the new $60,000 Gilbert building at the corner of 7th Street and Broadway, are being pushed to the highest capacity and this beautiful structure will be completed and ready for occupancy by the middle of July.”

Gilbert also donated to the city a strip of land along the beach that would later be used for Seaside’s Promenade, according the Gilbert’s great-granddaughter, Virginia McConkey-Hendrickson.

“He envisioned families strolling along the boardwalk with their children, and then sitting down on the grass to enjoy a picnic, much as he remembered them doing in France,” McConkey-Hendrickson said.

Some mystique does follow Gilbert, as great-granddaughter Kathleen McConkey-Kulland describes in Cumtux: “ A story that I cannot verify is that he owned a fancy bar and brothel in Astoria on Astor Street (the local Red Light district), which included a trapdoor in the floor through which drunken men were dropped into waiting boats, and when they sobered up, they were aboard a ship at sea and were part of the ship’s crew.”

Gilbert owned 600 lots called “Hermosa Park Development” which stretched from Avenue A to the Lewis and Clark Salt Cairn, and from the river to the waterfront. He also owned much of the land that is now Sunset Hills. When Gilbert died on April 26, 1935, Seaside businesses closed from 9 to 10 a.m. during funeral services to honor him. He is buried in the Gilbert tier at the Abbey View Mausoleum at the Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton.



Alexander Gilbert, 90, resident of Clatsop county for more than 60 years and a veteran of the Franco-Prusian (sic) war, passed away at his home in Seaside early Friday after a short illness. He was active in the real estate business almost to the time of his death and was well known in both Astoria and Seaside.

He was born in La Rochelle, France, April 16, 1845, and received his education there. He entered military service and served as a first lieutenant in the Franco-Prussian war. After the war ended he moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he resided for 6 months before going to San Francisco where he was proprietor of the Gilbert House.

Here for 33 Years

After a year’s residence in San Francisco, he came to Astoria and resided here for about 33 years. He was in the real estate business here and maintained his interest in that business when he moved to Seaside about 29 years ago.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Fred Watson, Astoria, and Mrs. Victor R. Finch, Portland: a son, Alexander Gilbert, Seaside; and four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Rites Are Monday

Funeral services will be held at the Gilbert home at 2605 First Street South in Seaside at 9 a.m. Monday with Father Charles Raymond officiating. Internment will be in the Oceanview cemetery mausoleum under direction of E.M. Hughes mortuary.

(printed in the Daily Astorian)


Birth: Apr. 16, 1846
La Rochelle
Departement de la Charente-Maritime
Poitou-Charentes, France
Death: Apr. 26, 1935
Clatsop County
Oregon, USA

GELBERT (sic) – Alexandre, aged 90, died Friday morning, April 26, at his home in Seaside. Survived by two daughters, Mrs. Fred W. Watson, Astoria, and Mrs. Victor R. Finch, Portland, Or. One son, Alexander Gilbert Jr., Seaside: four grandchildren, eight great-granchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday, April 29, at 9 A.M. at home in Seaside, with Father Charles Raymond officiating. Vault entombment at Oceanview Abbey, under direction of E. B. Hughes Mortuary, Astoria, Or.(printed in the 27 Apr 1935 Oregonian)

North Oregon Coast Celebrates Holiday Shopping in a Unique Way This Weekend

Excerpt from article: N. Oregon Coast Celebrates Holiday Shopping in a Unique Way This Weekend 


November 29 is Shop Small Saturday around the U.S., and that carries a special meaning in Seaside’s historic Gilbert District this weekend. The area celebrates 100 years of existence with its incorporation of the event, with a about a dozen businesses featuring 100 collectible cards to give out with the store’s information and a website link that features the history of the Gilbert District.

Keep your Collectible Cards as stores participating in this event have the option to give the holder of the collectible cards discounts and gifts during the year.

The charming area encompasses the four city blocks on the corners of Broadway and Holladay.

Thank you Beach Connection for including the Gilbert District in your article.

Gilbert District to participate in Shop Small Saturday by Seaside Signal

By Katherine LacazeThe Daily Astorian
Published: November 21, 2014 2:29PM

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The Gilbert District will participate in Shop Small Saturday for the first time on Nov. 29.

Eighteen locally owned businesses in the historic Gilbert District are making it worthwhile to shop small during the traditional post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy.

The Gilbert District will be participating for the first time in the national Shop Small Saturday campaign Nov. 29 with an all-day event highlighting the district’s 100th anniversary. Shoppers will be encouraged to patronize small and local businesses.

“The shops here are really unique and have things you can’t get anywhere else,” said Kathleen DeLand-Peterson, the neighborhood champion and event organizer. “There is a place for Internet shopping, but nothing can replace going into a store and looking, and feeling, and touching and seeing the item you want to purchase.”

Shop Small Saturday was created in 2010 by American Express, but businesses do not have to accept American Express to participate in a neighborhood event. In 2012, neighborhoods across the country were encouraged to host events to bring together their communities and encourage local shopping.

At least 18 businesses from the district, which encompasses the four city blocks on the corners of Broadway and Holladay Drive, will distribute 100 collectible cards during their regular business hours. All the cards will contain information directing people to an online blog to learn more about the Gilbert District.

The district has a “rich and colorful history that we would like to share with the community,” DeLand-Peterson said, adding, “What would be better than to have a memento of the 100th year (of the district’s existence) and the businesses that were here on that 100th year?”

Cards for each corresponding business will have specific store information and also make the holder eligible for a later promotion, such as a discount, special or gift. Card holders are encouraged to keep their cards for future savings.

DeLand-Peterson said businesses can decide what promotions they want to tie to the card at a later date, when they have slow periods.

She also hopes the event will encourage locals to visit businesses they haven’t visited before. Several shops’ prices are comparable to their Portland equivalents, DeLand-Peterson said.

“It’s just a really fun event to get the community involved,” she added.

In addition to handing out cards for future use, several businesses also will hold store promotions on Nov. 29. For instance, Beach Books will offer 10 percent off all store merchandise from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.;  Seaside Yoga, Shear Pleasures Salon & Spa and Hold Fast Tattoo Company are offering discounted gift certificates.

If the event goes well this year, DeLand-Peterson hopes the district will participate in the future.


Thank you Seaside Signal for your continued support of the Historic Gilbert District
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#ShopSmall Event Saturday November 29, 2014

History of Shop Small Saturday Shop


Small Saturday is a national event that was created in 2010 by American Express. The first event was held November 27, 2010. Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

In 2012 neighborhoods were encouraged to hold events to bring communities together and encourage shopping at local small businesses in their area. The events are created by a Neighborhood Champion. To be a neighborhood champion you must fill out an application and be accepted. The Neighborhood Champion plans the event with participating businesses. Neighborhood Champion: Kathleen DeLand-Peterson

The amount of support give to this event is amazing. With the creation of the event the neighborhood champion receives 200 canvas shopping bags, 10 doormats, pens, buttons and balloons. And NO you Do NOT have to accept American Express to be a part of a Neighborhood Event.

The Historic Gilbert District Event The Gilbert District is located in the heart of Seaside and encompasses the four city blocks on the corners of Broadway and Holladay. The Historic Gilbert District Event is celebrating 100 Years of the Gilbert District! Each participating store will have 100 Collectible Cards that to give out with the store’s information and a website link that features the history of the Gilbert District. The Historic Gilbert District has a rich and colorful history that we would like to share with the community.


Celebrating 100 Years The Historic Gilbert District

Keep your Collectible Cards!

Stores participating in this event have the option to give the holder of the collectible cards discounts and gifts during the year! Keep your cards for future savings!
Participating Businesses

Beach Books
616 Broadway
Beach Puppy Dog Boutique
614 Broadway
Fairweather House & Garden
612 Broadway

Hold Fast Tattoo Company
611 Broadway

KP Graphic Arts
615 Broadway #206

Seaside Antique Mall
726 Broadway
Seaside Coffee House
5 N Holladay Drive
Seaside Yoga
609 Broadway

Shear Pleasures Salon & Spa
615 Broadway #201
Star Furniture
130 S Holladay Dr
SunRose Gallery
606 Broadway

Tora Sushi
619 Broadway

Store Promotions
Gift Certificates
Seaside Yoga 20% off
Hold Fast Tattoo Co. 20 % off 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Shear Pleasures Salon & Spa 20 % off
Restaurant Discount

Tora Sushi Lounge 20% off menu off excluding alcohol, happy hour & senior menu

Star Furniture Sales & Clearance on show room floor items
Beach Books 10 off% everything in the store Hours: 10-9
KP Graphic Arts 5,000 high gloss business cards for $99 + shipping and handling.
Fairweather House & Gardens Take 20% THYMES home fragrance line, complimentary gift wrapping and gift with purchase.

Social Media

ShopSmall Saturday November 29, 2014


The Historic Gilbert District will be participating in the ShopSmall Saturday with a fun event “The Historic Gilbert District Celebrating 100 Years”.  The Historic Gilbert District located in the heart of Downtown Seaside, Oregon and  has  rich and colorful history.

The ShopSmall The Gilbert District Celebrating 100 Years event will be November 29, 2014 during regular store hours. As part of the event, each participating store will have 100 collectible Savings Cards with  store their information and a link to this website. This website will feature histories of the people and buildings of the Historic Gilbert District. The event is to encourage awareness of the unique history of the Gilbert District and encourage shopping local. Shoppers are encouraged to keep their collectible Savings Cards as businesses may run special promotions that require them to present their Savings Card. Savings cards expire November 28,2015.

Participating Businesses:

Star Furniture Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest


Hold Fast Tattoo Company  Facebook

Seaside Yoga  Facebook

KP Graphic Arts  Facebook   Twitter    Pinterest

Shear Pleasures Salon & Spa  Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest


SunRose Gallery Facebook

Fairweather House & Garden  Facebook

Beach Puppy Dog Boutique  Facebook

Beach Books  Facebook

Seaside Coffee House Facebook

Seaside Antique Mall

Tora Sushi Lounge  Facebook